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Flaccus, Kimball, 1911-1972



  • Existence: 1911 - 1972

William Kimball Flaccus was born on August 8, 1911, in Philadelphia, PA. He received his A. B. degree from Dartmouth College and his M. A. from Columbia University in 1934. While still in high school Flaccus won first prize in "Scholastic Magazine's" national interscholastic poetry competition and in 1932, he received first prize in the Glascock Memorial Poetry Contest at Mt. Holyoke College. He published his first book of poems "Avalanche of April," in 1934. In addition to writing poetry, Flaccus taught English and Creative Writing at several institutions, including the City College of New York, Drexel Institute of Technology, and Greensboro College in North Carolina. While at City College, Flaccus established the Phongraphic Library of Contemporary Poets, recording the voices of such famous poets as Edgar Lee Masers, Genevieve Taggard, Arthur Davison Ficke and John Hall Wheelock reading their own poems. For many years, Flaccus was engaged in writing a biography of Edgar Lee Masters which was never published. Some of his other works include "The White Stranger," "Fulton Fish Market," "The Music of the Mountains' and "Knock on Wood." Flaccus died on June 16, 1972.

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Kimball Flaccus papers

Identifier: ML-64
Overview William Kimball Flaccus (1911-1972), poet and teacher. Dartmouth College Class of 1933. The collection consists of correspondence, poetry and prose manuscripts and printed matter relating to his career as a poet and scholar. Includes a quantity of papers relating to his service in Alaska in the Second World War and his biographical and critical studies of Edgar Lee Masters